Brave Men's Blood

  • 96'
  • Iceland
  • 2014
Even though we know that Iceland lost its innocence with the bank crisis, the picture sketched by Brave Men's Blood is still sobering. Corruption, drugs, torture, Eastern European gangsters - they can all be found in this hard police thriller. Olaf de Fleur Johannesson adopts a considerably harsher tone than in his film The Higher Force, previously screened in Rotterdam.
The protagonist is the son of a legendary policeman. Happily married with a simple view of good and evil, he fails the harsh training for the armed brigade, but on the advice of his father is accepted by the Internal Affairs Department of the Icelandic police. A golden tip from a prisoner puts him on the trail of a connection between the head of the narcotics brigade and the new gangster king of Reykjavik.
His innocent yet vigorous efforts and use of a female undercover agent with a traumatic past serves to set off an unforeseen chain reaction of revenge, deceit and a battle for power which has tragic consequences. Many interests seem to be tangled up.

Director
Olaf de Fleur Johannesson
Premiere
International premiere
Country of production
Iceland
Year
2014
Festival Edition
IFFR 2015
Length
96'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Borgríki 2
Languages
Icelandic, Serbian, English
Producer
Kristin Andrea Thordardottir
Production Company
Poppoli Pictures
Sales
Mongrel International
Screenplay
Hrafnkell Stefansson, Olaf de Fleur
Cinematography
Bjarni Felix Bjarnason, Gunnar Heidar
Editor
Olaf de Fleur
Production Design
Heimir Sverrisson
Sound Design
Gunnar Arnason
Music
Kristján Sturla Bjarnason
Cast
Ágústa Eva Erlendsdóttir, Jón Vidar Arnthorsson